Roseanne Barr, known for her outspoken thoughts on just about everything, has recently attacked the #MeToo movement.
In an interview with “The Candace Owens Show,” Barr addressed her firing from ABC’s “Roseanne” last year over a racist Twitter rant. Despite the show’s popularity, Barr’s words were too controversial to overlook.
This is nothing new for the actor. Barr is known for regularly posting conspiracy theories, racially charged comments, and praise for world leaders who are incredibly controversial as well.This is why it comes as no surprise that Barr has strong feelings about the #MeToo movement and its impact on the workplace.
Since the beginning of the #MeToo movement by Tarana Burke in 2006, many people (men and women alike) have come forward in entertainment and countless other industries to talk about the harassment and abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of coworkers and bosses.
According to Barr, women who went to their boss’ hotel rooms or homes late at night and are only just now alleging sexual assault or harassment from their coworkers did so because they thought they were going to get a job from it. She believes most that come forward now aren’t victimized, but opportunists. Barr said, “They’re pretending they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money.”
She elaborated: “Well, cause they’re hoes. Like if you don’t run out of the room and go, ‘Excuse me, you talk to me like that, you don’t do that to me, excuse me’ and leave, but you stayed around because you’re like, ‘Well, I thought maybe he was going to give me a writing job,’ well, you aren’t nothing but a hoe.”
Barr spoke again on the subject late last week to try and clarify her beliefs. She said, “There’s a difference between, you know, what some of [the accusers] are saying and reality. I believe people who have the ability to think rationally know what I meant, but also, they just take everything so out of context that anything I say, I’m targeted and they’re on my ass.”
She went on to say that women should know they shouldn’t go to their boss’ hotel room at three in the morning for career advice and that, if the women are being victimized, they should go to the police immediately for protection. Barr believes kids are a different story, but working women in Hollywood are different than women in the regular world and are, therefore, held to different standards.
It’s important to note that the #MeToo movement has been credited with inspiring thousands of women to come forward and find a voice in a sea of injustice across college campuses and workplaces.
The movement was originally created as a way to help survivors of sexual assault. Barr’s comments are not only disrespectful to the origins of the movement, but demeaning towards women who have suffered at the hands of controlling or manipulative people in power. Women support women, they don’t tear them down.
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